FFXIV: Rage Raid Rant

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Can I rant for a short bit? You don’t mind? Okay, thanks!

I usually don’t like to write annoyed or negative posts, but this has been an ongoing thing in Alexander Normal for the past week or so. Preface: I don’t like Alexander raids. I’m only doing it because I need to upgrade my accessories and I don’t feel like grinding Esos. In hindsight, I think maybe grinding Esos would have been better for my blood pressure levels.

Prior to this, Syn was telling me all about the super smooth and fast Alex 1 runs she had. I guess that was back when everyone wanted it for relic. It seems like when I queue up for it, though, everything goes down the tube.

Now, I’m usually a pretty patient player. I can understand if someone is new and doesn’t know the mechanics (please speak up). But what is super frustrating is when people are ignoring essential mechanics, or being absolutely selfish and not supporting team members in any way.

Let me clarify something. Unless tactics have changed, in Alexander 1, two Alarums drop for each Oppressor. It’s generally the DPS’ job to grab these Alarums, drag them to the laser and kill them under it so that the falling meteor doesn’t do massive raid-wide damage.

Has something changed in the past month that I don’t know about?

Because day after day, just about every run, DPS are not doing their job. Even when the tanks are asking them to pick up adds, I’m almost the only one doing it.


Or, even better, because I pull the Alarums like I should, and they are attached to me, if I do get help from the other DPS to kill one, the DPS runs back to the boss instead of taking a few seconds more to help me kill the second Alarum.

Now, let me state something about Bard DPS. Bards are frustratingly not a burst DPS class. And I’m there to earn gear, so I obviously don’t have all the DPS output of someone in full 210. So when the other DPS abandons me to take the last Alarum by myself, this is a much slower, painful process that usually ends up in having the healer (Zeb) intervene.

Since I don’t have time to refresh my dots on the Oppressor while fighting against the Alarum, this actually results in an overall DPS drop for the raid. Just help people out, folks, and stop being so rushed and worried about dropping your damage on the boss. If we worked on this stuff together, it would be much faster in the long run.

I am getting significantly more frustrated with Bard because of this. I know that had I been playing Tai’s dragoon, this would not be an issue. And it’s a real shame.

Needless to say, I actually earned a commendation for my pain last night. As rare as that is for DPS, that says something about how badly the other DPS were playing. There was really no excuse for ignoring mechanics… not a single time did we get the “A player is new to this trial” popup… so everyone had to have done it at least once before. The tank even explained what DPS needed to do, but they still ignored him.

To make frustrations worse, I’m only running this for the accessories, but I haven’t had a bolt drop for me in 7 runs.


Ok, rant over.

On a more positive note, I managed to get all my crystals for my White Mage relic last night. I also have just half a level before I hit level 60. So I’m almost there!

I think I used up all my luck getting these.
I think I used up all my luck getting these.

Now, if only I can get healer gear to drop in Void Ark and bolts in Alex so I could gear her up… I think I’d almost rather take Alex as a healer at this point.

4 responses to “FFXIV: Rage Raid Rant”

  1. My most recent Void Ark run we wiped on the 1st boss due to everyone ignoring the mechanics. After the wipe, the tanks basically said “Everyone settle down and pay attention” and we then breezed through the rest of it.

    Also had a void ark run where we breezed through the 1st boss, but then nobody except me was killing the knots in the 2nd trash section, so we kept wiping to mechanics since I can only kill 1 knot at a time, and they’re made with enough hp that you need 2 people on them to kill them in time. People rage-quit over that and we ended up abandoning that run. So of course after I re-queued the next run went perfectly….

    It’s pretty random. sometimes you just get the bad groups, sometimes a bad start pulls people together, sometimes it all just clicks from the beginning. It’s the nature of the beast. Sorry to hear you’re having a bad run 😦

    On the bright side, Eso will be uncapped in 3 weeks, so you can get all the i200 (upgradeable to i210) gear you want after that. Though taht announcement has killed my desire to get any non-Eso gear now. Why make expert runs for i185 when i200 will be so easily obtained so soon? Of course, those expert runs also give the Eso tomes, so I need to do them anyway…..


    • Yeah, last night’s VA run was rough, too. We actually wiped on the final boss due to the raid not getting all 3 parts of her down in time. Not to mention the main tank was constantly getting petrified and earning stacks of vulnerability. It was a rough night for content, and I guess it just got to me.

      I know the pain with the knots. Sometimes it feels like I’m the only DPS on them for my team.

      I am glad that Eso will be uncapped soon… have tons of Farthings on Zuri since I have zero Eso gear on her. So I might use that to outfit another DPS class sometime. 🙂


  2. All I can say is, welcome to PuG raiding? This is why most people prefer stable guild teams. Of course, that just swaps one bit of pain for other types of drama, so…


    • They weren’t this rough just a few weeks ago, though. Even when the raid first came out, things ran smoother than this. I do tend to only go with FC folks in my party, however. They’re usually a big help.


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